The launch of the new Polo Vivo is set to keep the flame of this budget VW model burning more brighter.

With just less than 10 years on the South African market, the Polo Vivo has been a runaway success clocking impressive car sales. It was prior to our hosting of the Fifa World Cup in 2010 ( in March 2010 exactly) when the Polo Vivo broke cover and made its debut on our roads. It was a cautios gamble  by the manufacturer but eight years later this  seems to have paid off with VW South Africa proud to announce that almost 200 000 units have been snapped from showrooms since then.

As the Polo Vivo continues to leave the opposition eating dust, it was time to refresh the package to keep in line with demands of the ever growing demands of the discerning customers. Change, as successful motor manufacturers have come to learn, is the only constant.

Granted, from the outside there is not much difference between the old model and the new offering. The most obvious change is in the interior, which now boast a new dashboard in a more spacious cabin. The interior has an upmarke feel about it and buyers will also be pleased the new model  also endowed with latest technology like electronic stability control, tyre pressure monitor as well as the Hill Hold Assist. Safety has not been compromised either, with thew new model boasting two airbags for both passenger and driver.

Three model derivatives of the Polo Vivo are on offer, the Trendline, Comfortline, and the High line. Top of the range is the GT model, which comes with unique alloy wheels as standard.

Typical of vehicles its size, the new Polo Vivo hatch whilst practical to drive ( like a Golf) suffers a lack of legroom particularly at the rear if (you are a curybody) the driver’s seat is pushed fully rearwards.

TheVivo has ample bootspace however, especially when the rear seats are folded. This sees boot space increase from 270 litres to a whooping 638 litres, enough for your groceries, golf bag etc.

The model range starts with a 1,4 litre 55kW Trendline which retails for R179 900.00  to the top of the range GT model which comes standard with unique alloy wheels at R245 000.00

For those who believe in Brand South Africa buyers of the new Polo Vivo buyers will be proud to know most of the components used were sourced locally and their favourite car is produced right here in Uitenhage in the eastern Cape

We like the Polo Vivo for its value for money proposition. The new model is a neat package with an upmarket feel and drives like its elder sibling the Golf. The interior is equally impressive with a 340G touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity as well as ISOFOX anchorage points for infant seats. Not that it is a train smash but the new model is minus the driver side vanity mirror and lack indicators on the side mirror. All in all it is a worthy successor to the model it replaces and promises lots of happy kilometres without necessarily having to break the bank. Viva Polo Vivo Viva…


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